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Astros duo exceeding expectations

At the halfway point, Dallas Keuchel and Lance McCullers have vastly outperformed preseason projections and don't show any signs of slowing down. What should we expect from them down the stretch? Grantland: Second-half projections

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Grantland: The 10 second-half storylines that intrigue us the most

It feels like just yesterday that we were embarrassing ourselves by predicting that the Red Sox and Marlins would play for the World Series while the Royals and Angels would flop. Instead of facing further public mortification by updating those predictions, we're focusing on a risk-free metric: intrigue. Specifically, the second-half story lines that intrigue our baseball enthusiasts the most. Enjoy.

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Astros All-Star Keuchel stops Indians 9-4

Dallas Keuchel, chosen for the American League All-Star team earlier Monday, allowed three runs in six innings in helping the Houston Astros defeat the Cleveland Indians 9-4.

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Astros rough up Carrasco, Indians

The Astros posted a four-run first and rolled to a 9-4 win over the Indians in their opener. Carlos Carrasco followed up his near no-hitter by surrendering five runs over four innings.

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Carrasco struggling in Cleveland

Indians starter Carlos Carrasco gave up 4 runs in the 1st inning and Preston Tucker went yard in the 4th, giving Carrasco 5 earned runs on the day. That matches his season high. Follow live

Astros jump on Indians early

The Astros’ first 5 batters got on base, resulting in 4 runs against Carlos Carrasco, and Houston is off to a good start as it looks to snap a 2-game losing skid. Follow live

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Power Rankings: Houston up to no. 2

SS Carlos Correa's early play in the majors has been impressive enough to earn the Astros the No. 2 spot, but how far will Houston drop if Correa's hitting fades? MLB Power Rankings

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Correa could be on final player ballot

One of the best young shortstops in baseball could play in the All-Star Game if his fellow players think he's worthy. David Schoenfield

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Four Royals on ASG team, but Blue Jay tops all

The Kansas City Royals lead all teams with four All-Star starters, while Josh Donaldson of the Toronto Blue Jays and Bryce Harper of the Washington Nationals are top vote-getters.

AL All-Star infield starters

The top votegetters for the American League:

  • 1B Miguel Cabrera, Tigers
  • 2B Jose Altuve, Astros
  • SS Alcides Escobar, Royals
  • 3B Josh Donaldson, Blue Jays
  • C Salvador Perez, Royals
  • Watch All-Star selection show

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Red Sox take series vs. Astros

Hanley Ramirez regained Boston's lead for good with a two-run HR in the seventh inning to help take down the Astros 5-4. Box score

Hanley homer gives Boston lead back

Hanley Ramirez responded to Houston slugging 2 HRs in the top of the 7th with a 2-run shot of his own in the bottom half of the frame. The Red Sox lead 5-4. Follow live

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With starters out, Red Sox take lead

Boston's Eduardo Rodriguez and Houston's Lance McCullers both made it through 5 with 1 run to their credit. The Red Sox just tallied a pair of runs in the 6th to go ahead 3-1. Follow live

Papi starts at 1B vs. Astros rookie

David Ortiz's first start at 1B at Fenway Park in nearly 10 years comes against dynamic Houston SP Lance McCullers. The rookie has a 2.19 ERA in 9 MLB starts. Follow live

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Big Papi gets to play 1B today

The Red Sox DH will get a rare start at first -- and it's not even an interleague game as Boston takes on the Astros (1:35 p.m. ET). The last time Ortiz played 1B vs. an AL team was 2006.

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Rapid Reaction: Red Sox 6, Astros 1

Clay Buchholz went the distance while Xander Bogaerts and Mookie Betts carried the offense in a 6-1 Red Sox win against the Astros.

2015 Team Stats

  • Batting
  • Pitching
Runs3882nd
Batting Average.24424th
On Base Percentage.31120th
Slugging Percentage.4284th
Earned Run Average3.5910th
Quality Starts4414th
WHIP1.204th
BAA.2384th

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